Judge throws out the lawsuit
Its sad that the freedoms that our military fought for are sometimes used against them. This is often the case when atheists, citing the separation of church and state as established in our Constitution, attack war memorials honoring those very veterans.
Many military, both veterans and the fallen, served both God and country. Many memorials honor that. So the ruling Monday by a federal judge that the cross does not violate the Constitution is significant in protecting the monuments honoring these brave men and women who sacrificed so much.
Read the story below.
In 1925, the American Legion erected the Bladensburg cross as a memorial honoring 49 men in Prince George’s County, Maryland, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in World War I.
But in 2014, the American Humanist Association attacked the memorial, filing a lawsuit against the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The atheists argued to the federal district court that a memorial in the shape of a cross violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, which forbids the government from establishing an official religion.
Liberty Institute the largest law firm in the country that focuses exclusively on religious freedom, took up the case and intervened on behalf of the American Legion, which became a full party to the case…
…Today, U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow ruled in favor of the American Legion, and against the American Humanist Association…
…Liberty Institute CEO Kelly Shackelford praised Monday’s decision, saying, “This victory sets an important precedent. It not only affirms the Bladensburg Memorial will remain in its place of honor, but helps ensure that all the nation’s veterans memorials, and the veterans they honor, will be protected…”
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